Horse Weight and Handicap Mark

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Horse Weight and Handicap Mark

Post by Penniless Punter on Sun Jul 28, 2013 12:48 pm

When I started following racing in the early '70's, no internet of course, there wasn't any official handicap marks. Your paper might provide a rating guide in most races, not all usually, and the 2 racing papers at the time copiously carried detail of recent outings for each horse, plastered around your bookies display boards.
So, my question: What, or how, is the handicap mark assessed and how is this reflected in the horse's weight?

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Re: Horse Weight and Handicap Mark

Post by upduck on Sun Jul 28, 2013 3:47 pm

The better the horse, the higher the rating, the more weight it would carry in a handicap. It is generally thought that 1lb in weight equals 1 length in distance. Not sure how they work that out, though.
The BHA (British Horseracing Authority) have a really good article in cluding a download explaining how it all works.
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There is also a link that shows the handicap rating for every horse in GB.
The BHA website is well-worth bookmarking, as there is some brilliant, and often useful, information on all things gee-gee racing.

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Re: Horse Weight and Handicap Mark

Post by Penniless Punter on Sun Jul 28, 2013 6:14 pm

Cheers Steve, great article on just what I needed to find out, thanks.Very Happy

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